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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden: So we ought to reject the idea that governments may use the power to arbitrarily bypass that consent. Today government officials openly tell the press that they have the authority to effectively turn American smart phones and cell phones into location enabled homing beacons. Compounding the problem with the fact that the case law is unsettled on cell phone tracking and the leaders of the intelligence community have consistently been unwilling to state
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden continued: what the rights of law-abiding people are on this issue. I know that because I repeatedly asked this in public hearings. And without adequate protections built into a law there is no way that Americans can never be sure that the government is not going to interpret authority more and more broadly year after year until the idea of a telescreen monitoring your every move turns from dystopia to reality
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden: For years senior justice department officials have told the Congress and the public that that Patriot Act business record authority, the authority used to collect the phone records of millions of law-abiding Americans is analogous to a grand jury subpoena. Those quotes they say it is analogous to a grand jury subpoena. That statement is exceptionally misleading
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden continued: and certainly strains the word is analogous beyond the breaking point. Certainly true that both the authorities have been used to collect a wide variety of records, but the Patriot Act has been secretly interpreted to permit ongoing bulk collection, and this makes that authority very, very different from regular grand jury subpoena authority.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden: The fact is that no one has ever seen a subpoena like that because there aren't any. this incredibly misleading analogy has been made by more than one official on more than one occasion and often is a part of actual testimony to the united states Congress. The official who served for years as the justice department’s top authority on criminal surveillance recently told the
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden continued: He said, if a federal attorney, and I quote here, served the grand jury subpoena for such a broad class of records in a criminal investigation, he or she would be laughed out of court
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden: yet in the decades since the law has been extended several times with no public discussion about how the law has actually been interpreted. the results, the creation of an always expanding, omnipresence surveillance states that now chips away needlessly at the liberties and freedoms of our founding fathers established for all of us.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden: And it is all done without the benefit of actually making a safer. So today at the Center I’m going to deliver another warning. If we do not seize this unique moment in our constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we are all going to live to regret it. I’ll have more to say about the consequences of the omnipresent surveillance state that is
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden continued: listen to this talk, ponder that most of us here have a computer in our pockets that potentially can be used to track and monitor us 24/7. The combination of increasingly advanced technology with a breakdown in the checks and balances that limit government action could lead us to a surveillance of state that cannot be reversed.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 07/23/2013
Wyden: It is now a matter of public record that the bulk phone records program has been operating since at least two 2007. And it is not a coincidence that handful of Senators have been working since then to find ways to alert the public to what is actually going on. months and years went into trying to find ways to raise public awareness about secret surveillance authorities and to do it within the confines of the
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